School district’s proposed upgrade focuses on safety & security

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JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — A public hearing was held on Tuesday night in the Johnson City High School auditorium for community members to learn about the Johnson City School District’s Renewal 20/20 Capital Project.

“The number one priority is safety and security,” said Johnson City Superintendent, Mary Kay Roland.

New York State requires schools to perform building condition surveys. Roland said results showed “changes that had to happen.”

Roland said if approved, the project would increase tax bills by .244%, state aid would cover the rest. A vote on this project will be held on Wednesday December 5.

Since the high school has had work done in recent years, the 15-year-old building that houses the elementary and middle schools will receive a majority of the upgrades. According to the district some of them include:

  • Creating science and STEM labs at both the elementary and middle school
  • Reconstructing bus/visitor parking at the elementary-middle school with additional parking added
  • Reconstructing outdoor recess/physical education spaces around the elementary-middle school
  • The addition of enhanced secure entrances with card access at both the elementary and middle school
  • Converting the entire elementary-middle school to more energy-efficient LED lighting
  • Expanding the elementary-middle school cafeteria serving, prep and storage areas
  • Replacing the original coolers/freezers at the high school

The Johnson City School District Board of Education could approve the results at a special meeting at 8 p.m. in the Johnson City High School Board Room.

At Tuesday’s meeting no comments or questions were made against the plan. More information can be found on the school’s website.

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